Santa Rosa police recently received two state grants totaling about $165,000 to beef up enforcement of traffic laws, so here’s how the money will be be spent.

One grant is for $75,850 for DUI/license checkpoints. Police Sgt. Rich Celli said that will allow eight checkpoints throughout the year.

The other grant is for $90,000 for a variety of enforcement operations during the year, including:

–Giving officers specialized training in finding and dealing with DUI suspects. Celli said he expects most of the Police Department’s 12 traffic officers will get this extra training.

–16 DUI saturation patrols.

–6 days of motorcycle safety operations, which not only targets unsafe motorcyclists but drivers of cars and trucks who are unsafe around motorcycles. These operations will involve the entire traffic unit for a day, Celli said.

–8 days specifically devoted to distracted driving, such as drivers on cellphones or who are texting.

–8 days of devoted to speed, red light and stop sign enforcement.

–Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement.

–Multiple operations in which warrants targeting multiple DUI offenders will be served.

–Compilation of DUI “hot sheets,” identifying the worst DUI offenders.

–Multiple courthouse “sting” operations, in which drivers whose licenses’ are suspended or revoked in court but then drive away are arrested.

–Stakeouts to catch “worst of the worst” repeat DUI offenders who are on probation with suspended or revoked driver’s licenses.

Celli said the operations covered by both grants all will be conducted by officers on overtime.

Both grants are for one year, from Oct. 1 through next Sept. 30, and are from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition, Celli said, police will be stepping up enforcement of pedestrian safety laws in wake of several cases of pedestrians being hit by cars. Officers will be watch for unsafe pedestrians, such as those who step out into a crosswalk or street without looking, are distracted by their cellphones or cross on red lights, and unsafe driver, such as those who fail to give pedestrians the right of way.


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  1. arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh

    I wish they would turn the streetlights on instead of spending more on leo’s overtime… nothing better then a safe dui checkpoint with 50 other cops vs people being able to see at night.

    November 23rd, 2012 11:13 am

  2. wangofango

    “Celli said the operations covered by both grants all will be conducted by officers on overtime.”
    Wouldn’t the Police Department AND the Public get way more bang for the buck (like 1.5 to 2x) by doing these operations (which are all conducted anyhow whether or not there’s a grant funding it, right?) on REGULAR vs. OVERtime? Why are all these activities (if the story is correct) automatically billed as “overtime?” Don’t the police enforce most if not all of these activities as part of their regular daily duties? I recognize that for a cop, it’s handy to be able to “volunteer for overtime’ . How many of the enforcement activities listed as grant-funded (overtime) actions are also taking place within the normal patrol day. Are these same “grant-funded” activities going to be shifting into the “overtime” mode and eliminated from the ‘regular shift’ activities? Or are all these “overtime” enforcements IN ADDITION TO present enforcement levels?

    November 23rd, 2012 12:43 pm

  3. Common Sense

    I for one would like to see our LEO’s concentrate on DUI’s. The number of DUI’s in this county is astounding. The police don’t want to catch DUI offenders, which are far mor dangerous than any unlicensed driver or illegal alien driver out there and they only half-heartedly enforce it. The police let’s people know where the checkpoints are and then they have the checkpoints in the early evening before the drunks get topped off. How about a DUI checkpoint from 10PM to 4AM right down the street from the bar? I know it means an arrest and more paperwork but what is that taxpayer-funded grant paying you to do on overtime?

    November 23rd, 2012 3:19 pm

  4. Ken Briggs

    it is time that the courts do something right . after your first DUI you should be going to weekly AA meetings and a weekly drug test for five years . stop being a drunk . the police bust them and the courts mess up and let them do it all over again .

    November 24th, 2012 11:33 am

  5. Joseph

    The DUI checkpoints should be assigned with all the motorcycle detail to stop all those seeking to avoid the checkpoint. Such as last year at their checkpoint on fourth street and all the drunks avoiding the checkpoint by driving through the safeway parking lot. Also finding a way to detain the RETEN protestors, they cause one driver on college to U-turn and take out a large power pole on College last year.
    Most of all remember why we do this. Crystal Martinez was a bright educated dedicated medical worker, who was just driving from her parents home to a party. She was killed by a wrong way driver who hit her head on. He was drunk at three times the legal limit, unlicensed, and in this country illegally. 24 is far too young to die. Three years in state prison is far too small a price for taking that life.

    November 24th, 2012 6:31 pm

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